Cardiovascular Imaging

A machine learning platform accurately predicted mortality in patients with heart disease, outperforming models created by medical experts, according to an Aug. 31 study in PLOS One.

Combining ultrasound elastography and echogenicity analysis may better distinguish between plaques in patients with symptomatic internal carotid artery (ICA) stenosis than in those without symptoms, according to an Aug. 30 study in the American Journal of Roentgenology.

Research presented at the 2018 European Society of Cardiology (ESC) annual meeting found that left atrial fibrosis in endurance athletes could increase risk of arrhythmias like atrial fibrillation (AFib), according to an article published Aug. 31 by Cardiovascular Business.

A streamlined cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) imaging protocol utilizing a contrast agent allowed Peruvian clinicians to improve care for patients with various heart conditions, a new Journal of the American Heart Association study found. The findings may prove invaluable in bringing CMR imaging to developing regions.

Researchers re-examined CT angiography’s value in a recent Journal of the American College of Radiology study, finding utilization rates are rising in the Medicare population, with radiologists apparently leading the charge.

A woman is suing Northwestern Medicine Regional Medical Group in Chicago and several physicians for allegedly failing to properly diagnose her with terminal cancer from a CT scan of her liver, according to a report published Aug. 28 by the Cook Country Record.

Recent statistics from the National Health Service (NHS) show that almost a quarter of patients wait more than six weeks for key diagnostic tests such as MRI and CT scans, the BBC reported on Aug. 27.

A team of international researchers has developed a new imaging biomarker able to non-invasively predict a patient’s risk of coronary inflammation and heart attack, according to research published Aug. 28 in The Lancet.

Researchers found coronary computed tomography angiogram (CTA) in addition to standard cardiac testing may reduce patients at risk for coronary heart disease or a heart attack.

“The technology’s usefulness may come down to a deeper question: How effective are stents for treating heart disease, and do you even need to know whether an artery is open or not?” according to an article published Aug. 27 by Forbes.

Researchers have found young adults' lifestyle choices can increase their risk of stroke and dementia later in life, even with good cardiovascular health and without evidence of cerebrovascular disease, according to an Aug. 21 study in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Researchers from the University of Leicester in the United Kingdom found that preclinical ultrasound could improve detection of diseases in blood vessels and identify early signs of cardiovascular disease before a patient develops symptoms, according to research published online in the August issue of Ultrasound.